One of the things that people really love about Fusion Mineral Paint is that it is formulated with a built-in top coat, the 100% acrylic resin. You do not need to use a separate top coat for water permanency with Fusion Mineral Paint. What does this mean for you? Reassurance that the item you just painted is going to be durable and last. We wanted to explain when to use a top coat over a piece painted with Fusion Mineral Paint as there seems to be a lot of misinformation about this out there.
Compared to chalk-type paint which requires either a wax or a top coat to protect it from chipping, anyone who has ever undergone a time consuming large-scale painting project, knows just how long this process can take. Using Fusion Mineral Paint means less time-consuming work for you with all of your paint projects. We wanted our paint to make life easier and for you to not always have to use a top coat to protect your piece.
So when people come across our Tough Coat Matte Wipe-On Poly they stop and think “Wait a minute, I thought Fusion didn’t need a top coat? So why does this product exist?” Let us explain more about when to use a top coat over Fusion Mineral Paint.
We created Tough Coat because not all items that will be painted are created equally and some surfaces may need an extra bit of protection. It’s similar to when you apply nail polish that has a built-in top coat. Do you need to use an extra top coat? No. But say you’re going on vacation and will be walking around a beach where there is sand that can potentially chip your pedicure. If you used an extra top coat over your nail polish, that would potentially make your pedicure last longer and withstand the elements thrown at it. It’s the same for furniture.
We also always emphasize that your prep work for any item you paint is the most step in painting. For example, a raw wood surface that has never been painted before, is going to absorb paint differently than say a laminate surface or a surface that was previously covered in wax. How you prepare that surface before that first drop of paint goes on it, will indeed impact how your project turns out. The decision to use Tough Coat is a personal one and it depends on the surface you are painting. Examples of when you may want extra protection, are high traffic areas like a kitchen table where you do a lot of crafts and cutlery can create dings or even kitchen cabinet doors.
Fusion has several options for top coats and finishings and we wanted to break down the differences for you.
1) Tough Coat Matte Wipe-on Poly
This is a Non-Yellowing, Clear Tough Coat It is a water-based wipe on sealer and is easily applied with a damp lint free cloth and dries to a matte finish.
When to use:
Perfect for those high traffic surfaces such as table tops, kitchen cabinet doors, kitchen islands, backs of chairs or any areas that you think could potentially show wear and tear. If applying to a recently painted surface, allow 12-24 hours of drying time before applying. For best results, use with a damp lint free rag and apply two coats 2-4 hours apart. In humid areas, longer drying times may be required.
Important to note: You can easily paint over it anytime if you change your mind.
More tips about our Tough Coat.
2) All in One Stain and Finishing Oil
This All in One Stain and Finishing Oil is your go-to solution to bare wood to show off the grain, yet change the color to your desire. Comes in 6 gorgeous colors. Very easy to use, minimal odor and Eco-Friendly! Apply it with a brush or rag, and wipe away the excess. It does not leave a surface film that sits on top, rather it soaks in and becomes part of your wood.
When to use:
The better option for medium to darker paint colors (instead of the Tough Coat) or bare wood for extra added durability on high traffic areas such as kitchen cabinets, table tops or flooring.
Important to note: You can’t paint over it unless the SFO has totally cured.
3) Waxes – Beeswax and other furniture waxes
Our beeswax finish, unique to Fusion and contains only pure natural beeswax and hemp oil. It is a food safe, all natural product, providing a soft smooth satin finish. Food safe, no chemicals, no VOC’s & biodegradable.
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